Does anybody have any contact details or know of Geoff from Jardin 2. This is the Geoff that purchased the pink ticket No.412 which won him a hamper in the Christmas/New Year raffle. The prize hamper was a selection of xmas goodies that really need to be enjoyed before the expiry dates run out so we have made the decision that if Geoff doesn’t contact or collect his prize from the Clover by the end of the month then we will re-raffle the prize. So if anybody knows or has contact details of Geoff then please let me know through the web-site or Facebook.
Posted by naranjosjardine1 on March 9, 2014
Posted by naranjosjardine1 on March 7, 2014
The weather this week has been fantastic. We started the week with high winds and finished with sunny days. Gradually over the week the temperatures have risen so here we are on Friday with a glorious sunny afternoon. The wind as usual is blowing but gently with a warm feeling. Find a sunny spot today and you will definitely start to work on the summer tan. It must be heading for spring as the golf society have switched their times to an hour earlier. The joy of that is that my ever beloved disappeared out of the apartment at 8:30 instead of 9:30 and oh how peaceful it was when he left – I’m sure women readers will know what I mean without me dwelling on the details to much. I’ve just had a laugh as the a fore mentioned beloved has just came in from the golf course taken off his sunglasses to reveal PANDA EYES! – see I said you could start your sun tan off today.
Maintenance this week is in evidence. The gardeners have finished trimming the trees on the outside road and have turned their attention to the inside roads. The tall willowy trees that line the dual carriageway between the apartments and the road have all been drastically cut back. This has to be a good thing as the trees were becoming so tall that on the Jardines they were knocking against the upstairs windows. We were beginning to raise concerns that if the roots were as large as the tops of the trees then they could be damaging the foundations of the apartments. Me personally I hope they will cut the trees back that are overlooking my back terrace as my terrace is never clear of the small leaves that blow in. Why do leaves blow in and never out?
The pools are continuing to be emptied, cleaned, re-grouted and damage tiles replaced. Its Naranjos 4’s turn at the moment. Rumour has it, that somebody was swimming in Jardines 5 pool last week-end – are they mad or just Norwegian or Scottish and use to the cold. Brrrrrrrrrr. . . . Taking my thoughts back to maintenance – there is a group of workers painting the outside fence, with the fence approximately 5 miles long it will need a gang of workers to complete the task. The on going painting of the beams is still on going – they are currently painting Naranjos 1 at the moment. With all these maintenance tasks going on should we start our own Spring cleaning. I reckon we could delay that for a while – indefinitely would be a good time frame.
Eden Hair and Beauty raised money for CPR with a February Valentine’s raffle. I was handed a business card as I walked through Al Kasar yesterday introducing the new barber, Aaron Cull to the Hair Salon. So gentlemen you no longer have to feel excluded as there is now a male barber on site unless of course you prefer to have your hair cut by a lady in which case I’m sure the ladies will oblige – Hmmmmm . . . I think I could be writing myself into trouble here.
One of my yoga clients today disappeared off, after the lesson, to Jane’s Beauty Salon at the Condado Club for a hot stone massage whilst we had coffee and tea. She came back, relaxed and raving about the experience. Apparently for the month of March they have reduced the price to 15 euros. So there’s a bargain.
Last week-end was carnival time here in Spain. Most towns held some sort of carnival and we had 2 residents join in the Alhama carnival procession. Anybody recognise them?
The schools put a lot of effort to make the carnivals a success and the children really enjoy themselves. As you can see the costumes were fantastic and mums and Dads get to join in too! Do they love it as much? Check out the onesies with the Dalmatians. Now there’s a fashion statement I hear onesies are very popular this year!
I’m off to visit the re-opening of the French Restaurant.
Posted by naranjosjardine1 on March 5, 2014
Posted by naranjosjardine1 on March 3, 2014
I received the following email this week :-
Hi there. Looking for some advice on drink driving on Condado issue. Was back on Condado over the weekend and seen 2 people getting behind their wheels when it was clear they had too much to drink on Saturday night. 1 person I’ve seen before and 1 is a person here for the first time.
This wasn’t a case of someone having 2 glasses of wine over a couple of hours with food on a very quiet night and heading home.
Now i don’t want to report people for DD to security as this could bring a whole load of problems itself etc. but feel that maybe an article by yourself could highlight the dangers and also remind people that the local police do from time to time come onto the resort. This could be helpful before the busy period returns. Thanks
I have plenty of sympathy for the frustration the writer of this email feels as it mirrors my own views and many others on the resort. I have written several times about the problems of drinking and driving and constantly ask myself why do people disrespect the drinking driving laws here on Condado and yet adhere to it back in the UK or their native country? I think the answer is quite simple – people think they can get away with it. There are plenty of excuses, the police never come on site, the drinking and driving laws in Spain are not as strict as the UK and there is no driving ban if you get caught only a fine. So it seems to some that if you don’t get caught then it is ok to do.
Really? Is it? I’m sure everybody is well aware of the dangers of drinking and driving but are they so naive that they don’t think they apply to them?
To all those people who drink excessively with their car keys in their pockets then drive home drunk, shame on you. Don’t you have a conscience? We have had trees, bushes and signposts knocked down by drunken drivers. Fortunately nobody has been killed or injured and I hope it stays that way but if people continue to drink and drive it is only a matter of time, especially in the Summer when there are more people walking back to their apartment after a happy night out. To the people who do drink and drive I would like to ask you this question: Don’t you care? How will you feel if you wake up in the morning with a hang-over and blood on your hands having killed somebody in your drunken stupor.
And here are a few pictures of the damage that one particular drunken driver caused quite recently.
Fortunately nobody was hurt, the police were called and gossip around the resort says that the driver received a fine. For obvious reasons further details have not been divulged.
So now to all potential drink drivers – please leave your car at home and make Condado de Alhama a safer resort. If you intend to drink, leave the car and the car keys at home. We all know that when the body is full of alcohol the brain thinks the body is invincible and can do anything. When people have a few to drink common sense goes out of the window and somebody who is unable to walk straight will climb in their car and drive. So leave the car at home so nobody will be tempted to drive home drunk making Condado a really safe place to relax and enjoy life.
And talking of enjoying life.. . . . . .
Does anybody fancy de-stressing, getting in-tune with nature, becoming one with the soil and understanding the land around Condado – well here is an idea for the ever growing numbers of residents.
Posted by lesley tann on February 16, 2014
Been a while since I blogged, I’ll blame it on the winter and apathy. The winter makes us mere mortals lazy or is it the short days? Here on Condado de Alhama, although the temperature has kept on the chilly side as the wind blows relentlessly, the sun shines bright most days often with clear blue skies so it can’t be the lack of Vitamin D and sun-rays that makes us apathetic so it must be the shorter days. For me the winter seems to dry up the creative juices and makes it difficult to concentrate on the job in hand. I sit down to write about something, it doesn’t flow, doesn’t seem the right thing to say so I press the delete button and go off and do something else and the moment for blogging has gone. With 1/2 term upon us the days are slowly becoming longer and out and about the wild flowers are beginning to bloom and the Almond Trees with their pale and dark pink are coming into bloom giving us a fantastic display of colour.
So what to blog about. Now lets see …..
Al Kasar has seen the re-opening of the Cata this week. The kitchen has been made bigger which will hopefully improve service during the busy summer months. The bakery, Big G’s – who apparently are on trip adviser and are highly rated, Bistro Bulgaria, The Clover and Bokao, the two furniture shops, hairdressers,estate agents and the supermarket are all open whilst the shop, ice-cream parlour and the French restaurant remain closed for the moment. Away from Al Kasar the club house and Condado Club including Jane’s hairdressers massage and beauty salon are quietly ticking over, preparing and gearing up for Easter and the summer.
The gardeners have been busy up the outside road. They have been pruning and tidying the trees slicing off the old growth on the trucks of the palms up the centre of the dual carriageway using a hand held metal gadget that looks like a flat small spade with sharp edges. They did this a few weeks ago to two of the taller palms outside Al Kasar and climbed up using a large circular rope. The rope was tied around the tree and around the back of the gardener enabling him to lean back against the rope to manipulate the tool for slicing. He also wore spikey shoes for extra grip on the tree. Fortunately for the gardeners the trees on the outside road are still small so no climbing is necessary at the moment.
Denise of the Condado Kids Club has been busy recently. She has arranged for discount tickets and coaches to Terra Natura, the Zoo and water park at Murcia for the Summer which is going to make great days out for the kids and adults. The kids Club has a full programme planned and are excited about the 11 a-side football tournament they are organising with Juan Miguel (Micky) of the Clover and the Saturday and Sunday mornings free football sessions with the Spanish coach, Miguel Angel who trains boys in Totana during the week. Also with Ian Croakin starting sessions on the pitches by Al Kasar it is football all the way! If you want anymore details of the Kids club activities and the football then find the Condado kids club on face book.
Talking of the Kids Club it brings me on to the Gym at the Condado Club I have just received an email looking for volunteers to try their new ‘HIT’ programme which they will be running shortly. It’s a weight loss programme with 3 meetings a week, varying from 30 – 60 minutes which is free. So if you have become a bit ‘heavy’ during the winter months it could be an excellent opportunity to lose a few pounds. Contact Denise or Bryon if you are interested.
Spanish classes are in full swing. Blanca is running lessons at the Condado Club on Thursday mornings from 11am till 1pm and a conversation session has started there on Sunday evenings between 7 – 8pm which is designed for Spanish to practise English and visa versa. Eighteen people of both nationalities attended the first session on the 9th. So there is now no excuse for me not to learn Spanish but its oh so difficult to find the time. I have a problem – whilst I work, I have the desire and need to learn but not the time and when I finish work for the Summer I know longer have the desire or the need and thus don’t bother.
Almost everybody has been talking about the recent spate of burglaries. With so few people around in the winter some apartments are isolated and venerable. There has been a lot of talk on face book and eye on Spain about the who is to blame and what should be done. Unfortunately thieves strike where there is opportunity and empty apartments with goods inside that have a re-sale value are an opportunity. It is not just Condado that has burglaries it happens on most urbanisations. Prevention is probably the best way forward so a big dog who barks at strangers is a good option but for most that is unsuitable so bolt locks on the windows seem to be a good idea as some windows apparently don’t have any anti lift devices fitted so are easy to lift out. Bolt locks are relatively inexpensive and are easy to secure. In most gardens the hedges have been allowed to grow rather tall recently which gives privacy for home owners but also seclusion for thieves. Maybe these should be cut down a little. Its not the first time we have had burglaries. It happened this time last year and last summer but was not so publicised.
So there you go, its still quite quiet on Condado but there is still lots going on. Of course we had the community AGM’s which got some of us going. Its all been on face book and Eye on Spain so I’m going to keep my opinions away from the written word and just say some residents are happy with the results and some are distinctly unhappy – that’s politics for you.
And lastly the Golf Society celebrated the 4th anniversary cup. We had a great celebration at the Condado Club with Paul and Rachel of the Condado Club proving to be yet again great hosts and thanks to Louise and the staff for cooking us all a great meal. The evening marked the retirement of Catherine Emmet-Smith as social secretary. She has been a member of the golf committee since it was formally set up into a committee with a membership and a constitution and has worked hard to arrange many successful golfing gatherings and over the years provided the golf society members with some great nights out. I know how difficult and nerve racking the job can be as you have to commit in advance the numbers that will be present, arrange food, entertainment and transport where necessary. If the estimated number is to low then some people are disappointed as there isn’t a place for them or over estimate the numbers and the budget is shattered. Coming up with the correct number months and weeks in advance is difficult on a holiday resort especially in the Summer when exact numbers are never known until people actually turn up. So thanks Cath for a job well done – I and many others appreciate all the care, thought, planning that went into each and every event (there have been quite a few) and enjoyed every evening you arranged.
Currently two raffles for CPR are running on site at the moment. Details are on the web-site and tickets can be purchased from Eden Beauty Parlour and The Clover. If you are on site this week CPR are running a stall at the Condado Club evening market on Tuesday so please go along and support the fund raising initiative.
The weather these last two days has been brilliant. Sun and relatively no wind. We are all mindful of the freakish weather back in Britain and if you are suffering with flooding or gale damage at the moment you have our sympathies. Here on site I’m off to meet old friends on holiday for the 1/2 term and meet new neighbours. I do like living on Condado.
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